02 Nov 2017

The EU Task Group of IDDC launches a photo contest for EDDW 2017

The European Union Task Group of the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) has launched a photo contest in the framework of European Disability and Development Week 2017 (EDDW17).

EDDW will take place from 3 December (International Day of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) until 10 December (International Day for Human Rights). The aims of EDDW are awareness raising among the European Union (EU) and its Member States regarding the rights of persons with disabilities, promoting the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and reinforcing the linkages between the CRPD and international frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

EDDW Photo Contest

All too often, persons with disabilities are discriminated against environmentally, economically, and socially; however, IDDC hopes to bridge this gap by promoting inclusion of all people through the events taking place during EDDW, including this photo contest.

The objective of the EDDW photo contest is to change attitudinal barriers towards persons with disabilities. Historically, persons with disabilities have been perceived as subjects instead as active agents. The photo contest aims to highlight challenges for persons with disabilities in a positive perspective, based on human rights based approach. Photos submitted to this contest should reflect the idea of inclusion in a positive light. All submitted photos must be originals taken by the submitting photographer. The photographer submitting the picture should also write a brief statement as to why s/he believes this photograph reflects EDDW’s motto “Together for Inclusion.”

How to participate

  • The Photo Contest is open to anyone who wishes to participate, both organisations and individuals.
  • All photos should show disability and development in a positive light.
  • Photos should be sent to eddw@iddcconsortium.net with the subject “EDDW17 Photo contest - Your name” by 10 December 2017
  • The Contest will begin on 1 November and end on 10 December. Results will be announced via the IDDC website.


  • The photos should be sent in JPEG, PNG and PDF format, and have the adequate measurement to be printed with quality in a bigger format.
  • Use images and case studies with the full understanding, participation and permission of the subjects or their parents/guardians.
  • Show the utmost respect for the dignity of the people concerned.
  • Conform to the highest standards in relation to children’s rights.
  • Avoid images or messages that potentially stereotype, sensationalise or discriminate against people, situations or places.
  • Truthfully represent any image or depicted situation both in its immediate and in its wider context.
  • Never modify an image by ‘flipping’ it so that it appears mirrored.
  • Use captions.
  • Credit all photographs with the indicated credit line (printed products as well as online performance).


  • The terminology used must be in line with the UNCRPD
  • Use person-first terminology (for example, ‘child with disabilities’, not ‘disabled child’; ‘girl who is blind’ or ‘girl with a vision impair­ment’, not ‘blind girl’).
  •  Do not use terms that have negative connotations, such as ‘suffer’, ‘suffering’, ‘victim’ or ‘handicapped’. Say that someone is a ‘wheelchair user’, rather than ‘bound’ or ‘confined to a wheel­chair’.
  • Use ‘persons without disabilities’, rather than ‘normal’ or ‘regular’ persons.
  • Do not use acronyms to refer to children with disabilities (CWD) and persons with disabilities (PWD).
  • Use appropriate terminology for different types of disabilities: physical, visual or vision, hearing, intellectual and psychosocial impairments


The ten photos best positively reflecting the idea of inclusion will be displayed in the cafe of the IDDC building. A longer-term exhibition will take place in February and March 2018. The winning photo will also be posted on the IDDC website, the European Commission website, and social media as the photo representing the #EDDW17, and it will be potentially published on other websites of organisations participating in EDDW.